Heart of Dankness by Mark Haskell Smith
Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup

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Reporting for the Los Angeles Times on the international blind tasting competition held annually in Amsterdam known as the Cannabis Cup, novelist Mark Haskell Smith sampled a variety of marijuana that was unlike anything he’d experienced.  It wasn’t anything like typical stoner weed, in fact it didn’t get you stoned.  This cannabis possessed an ephemeral quality known to aficionados as “dankness.”
Armed with a State of California Medical Marijuana recommendation, he begins a journey into the international underground where super-high-grade marijuana is developed and tracks down the rag-tag community of underground botanists, outlaw farmers, and renegade strain hunters who pursue excellence and diversity in marijuana, defying the law to find new flavors, tastes, and effects.  This unrelenting pursuit of dankness climaxes at the Cannabis Cup, which Haskell Smith vividly portrays as the Super Bowl/Mardi Gras of the world's largest cash crop.

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About Mark Haskell Smith

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Mark Haskell Smith is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles. This is his first novel.
Published April 3, 2012 by Broadway Books. 257 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Michael Backes, founder and curator of the exclusive Cornerstone Research Collective for medical marijuana (who incidentally Smith that every strain humans ingest is actually an indica) says the best strains are “pharmaceutical quality” and that the dopey effects of pot are due to impurities rath...

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Throughout the book, Haskell Smith remains an affable guide with a deft prose style, which makes Heart of Dankness a must-read for anyone interested in marijuana tourism, drug laws or the bizarre world of cannabis competitions.

Dec 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Heart of Dankness: Undergroun...

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